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Natural Ways to Beat Pain Without Dangerous Drugs

Natural Ways to Beat Pain Without Dangerous Drugs
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By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:05 AM

A study by the National Institutes of Health found that one in three people in the United States have experienced pain of some sort in the past three months.

Of these, approximately 50 million suffer from chronic or severe pain. And according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services a whopping 54 percent of Americans experience a musculoskeletal disorder that causes pain.

“So there are obviously a lot of people in pain!” Gaetano Morello N.D. is a board-certified naturopathic doctor practicing in West Vancouver, British Columbia and the author of “Whole Body Cleansing,” tells Newsmax Health. “Pain can come from a number of factors — from a simple paper cut or splinter in the finger to chronic, debilitating long term pain like sciatica, arthritis, fibromyalgia and many forms of back pain plaguing Americans. Aging can affect joints, creating a degeneration of cartilage and thus triggering the pain of arthritis.”

Morella says that traditional pain treatments may be dangerous.

“Many people reach for drugs that can be damaging and addictive," he said. "You don’t have to go further than current headlines about the terrible opioid epidemic that we are experiencing right now to realize how dangerous pain medications can become. The good news is that there are alternative treatments that offer help with the symptoms of pain, can keep your liver, stomach and brain healthy and are not addictive.”

Here are some suggestions:

  • Curamin, which uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil and boswellia extract, went head-to-head with one of the leading traditional pain relievers, Celebrex, and at the end of the clinical study, 64 percent taking the herbal combo versus 29 percent in the drug group said they experienced pain relief.
  • Morello also uses a technique called trigger point injections or TPI borrowed from neural therapy that can have a dramatic impact on pain reduction.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in relieving pain without side effects. This Eastern treatment is a natural go-to when you are seeking pain relief. It’s especially effective in treating low back pain, headache and arthritis, says Dr. Robert Bonakdar, M.D., director of pain management at Scripps Center for Integrative Health in LaJolla, California.
  • *Consider vitamin D. In a recent review published in the Journal of Endocrinology, Brazilian researchers found that vitamin D may play an important role in pain management. Lack of this crucial vitamin has been linked to poor sleep quality and inflammation. Talk to your doctor about taking supplements.
  • Cognitive behavior therapy or CBT is a powerful mind-body tool that helps you identify and change self-defeating thoughts, emotions and behaviors that trigger pain, Dr. Judith Beck, founder of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Bala Cynwyd, PA tells Newsmax Health. "A CBT therapist can also help you deal with related problems such as depression, anxiety, work problems and problems in your relationships and teach you the skills to reduce your stress.”
  • Get moving. “Exercise is one of the most powerful tools we have for chronic pain,” says Dr. Bonakdar. Staying active “allows patients to increase their level of endorphins, dopamine and tissue oxygen, all of which can help reduce pain while improving mood and quality of sleep.” A 2017 Cochrane review found that aerobic exercise may improve the quality of life and reduce pain for patients with fibromyalgia. Dr. Gregory Smith, M.D., one of the nation’s leading pain management specialists tells Newsmax Health that he utilizes yoga-based physical therapy for his clients because it is “low impact, emphasizes flexibility, mental clarity and well-being and can be modified to any fitness level and compensate for injuries and disabilities.”
  • Eat a Mediterranean diet. Patients who follow a strict vegan or Mediterranean diet have seen a complete turnaround in their pain symptoms, notes William Welches, D.O. of the Cleveland Clinic who specializes in Pain Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. “Research has shown that diet should be an integral part of a pain management program,” he says. “A vegan or Mediterranean diet or any health eating pattern inspired by these diets can control insulin and cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation which is the pain culprit." He advises that sufferers consume eight to nine servings of colorful vegetables daily, restrict dairy and grain products and avoid eating red meat. When choosing grains, stay away from simple carbohydrates and reigned sugar, he says, and opt instead for whole grains such as barley, buckwheat, oats, quinoa and brown rice. “Eating a healthy diet will also help achieve an optimal weight which itself can help reduce pain especially in the joints,” he notes. “Although there are no magic foods, putting the right combination of foods into your diet can produce remarkable results.”

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